Ballyboden(White Team)

1 April, 2009

The new U11 team finally commenced their season after 2 washouts the previous weekends. Opposition this week was Ballyboden and the report is from the white team. With numbers slightly down due to sickness and mid term break our team was supplemented by 3 U10s - Noah, Shane and Lochlann.

We started a bit ring rusty and Ballyboden stormed into a 1-1 to 0-0 lead after the opening few minutes but we settled after this and began to turn the tables on the opposition. Starting from the back our goalkeeper Aaron Lyons was dominating his area and picking out our players with pinpoint kickouts. Our full back line of Kevin Nolan and Lochlann Dougan were their usual dogged and tireless selves in cutting out attacks. Shane and Ryan Purdy were doing some fine fielding in the half back line and feeding off ball to our tirelessly roving midfield of Ben Hoskin and Conn Benville. With this kind of play we began to overrun the middle third of the field and to set up the forwards for opportunities. However the Ballyboden defenders were not going to let us in too easily and we squandered some shots but we did pick off a fine point from distance to leave the half time score at 1-1 to 0-1 against us. The second half really upped the tempo and Bray quickly turned their midfield dominance into scores by quickly getting two goals from fine set-up play by Oisin Dougan. Playing full forward were Kevin Spaine and Aengus Muldoon and their ability to take possession of the ball and hold up play caused panic in the oppositions back line. The on rushing half forward line of Noah Cummins and Conn Benville were then able to pick up the passed out ball and steal a goal and a point for us. With only minutes remaining we held a slim 3-2 to 1-3 lead and Ballyboden were pressing hard and eventually they poached a goal but we held out after that to register a fine moral boosting win of 3-2 to 2-3.

Unfortunately, the green team just lost out in a high scoring and fast moving game on the second pitch to leave the aggregate score at Bray 6-13 Ballyboden 7-17. More on that match next week.